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Berludy nettle sting . . .Our nettles - home to all kinds of insects - which is why we keep them . . . oh yes it is . . .are now growing - the plant are very small as yet and horribly potent. I always forget how unpleasant and how long lasting a nettle sting is.

So you can forget your first daffodils and House Martins and Swallows and Cuckoos - I have had my first nettle sting of the year . . . .puffs with importance and smugness at a least having a first something . . . .sigh . . .

Posted at 23rd Apr 2008 - 02:42PM   Posted by Westerwitch   The First Comments: 19

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Milla's Avatar Nope, been there, done that, at least F9 has and goodness what a fuss HE didn't make LaughingLaughing ArrowArrowArrow

Posted by: Milla on 23rd Apr 2008 at 02:52PM

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Have you got the first Dock leaves too to rub on it and stop it being stingy though?

Posted by: ZoŽ on 23rd Apr 2008 at 02:54PM

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Milla's Avatar I said just the same to F9. He was most rude. Am I perverse in vaguely liking nettle stings??Embarassed

Posted by: Milla on 23rd Apr 2008 at 02:57PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar No berludy dock leaves - of course there isn't that would be far too convenient. Of course you are perverse Milla Laughing but I quite like nettles for all the caterpillars they are home too. Friend of mine went on a course to educate people about nettles and their importance and place in our wild countryside.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 23rd Apr 2008 at 03:13PM

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Milla's Avatar plus they tend to mean good soil, too. I leave them for the caterpillars too, and the thrill of the sting. Ooo matron.Blink

Posted by: Milla on 23rd Apr 2008 at 03:14PM

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Suffolkmum's Avatar You're a masochist Milla. I made nettle soup this year - very nice.

Posted by: Suffolkmum on 23rd Apr 2008 at 03:29PM

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SallysChateau's Avatar Most pleasing a young nettle soup and a very important plant to keep in the garden, I like to add a few to bouquets to give to friendsShocked

Posted by: SallysChateau on 23rd Apr 2008 at 03:33PM

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ChrisH's Avatar I'm glad I'm not your enemy then, Sally!

Posted by: ChrisH on 23rd Apr 2008 at 03:49PM

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Milla's Avatar Oh Sally, the more I hear, the more I like you, clearly all heart. Twisted Evil

Posted by: Milla on 23rd Apr 2008 at 03:53PM

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SallysChateau's Avatar sniggers (am I ALLOWED to say that)Rolling Eyes

Posted by: SallysChateau on 23rd Apr 2008 at 04:22PM

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Cait's Avatar Have you dock leaves nearby?

Aren't nettle stings meant to be good for you?Smile

Posted by: Cait on 23rd Apr 2008 at 08:04PM

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I have never come across a dock leaf that works on nettle stings, so the lack of a dock leaf shouldn't be a problem!

Posted by: HimalayanBlue on 23rd Apr 2008 at 08:15PM

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There's one upmanship for youLaughing

Posted by: @themill on 23rd Apr 2008 at 08:48PM

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oh no, didn't mean to do one upmanship on nettle stings, just wanted to offer consolation re lack of dock leaves .... apologetically shuffles off into the naughty corner Embarassed

Posted by: HimalayanBlue on 23rd Apr 2008 at 09:01PM

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LaughingActually HB, that comment was aimed at our esteemed headmistressLaughing

Posted by: @themill on 23rd Apr 2008 at 09:04PM

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LaughingNow get out of the naughty corner and join me round the back of the bike sheds for a quick cider and Silk cutLaughing

Posted by: @themill on 23rd Apr 2008 at 09:05PM

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Phew, thought I'd caused mortal offence! Wait for me .... I'm there for the cider and Silk Cut @themill! Mr. Green

Posted by: HimalayanBlue on 23rd Apr 2008 at 09:09PM

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My teeny postage stamp garden is full of nettles. Owch, owch, owch. I love them, out of my garden but because we have so litttle ground we are trying to get rid of them as each time you weed or plant - they bite you!

I have found two uses for them. They make a most beneficial tea which purifies the blood, and the run down calpped out pony down the lane loves them so I pick them (wearing my best marigolds of course) and take them to him. It is a mystery to me, but he just munches his way through them, no reaction!

Posted by: Crucifix on 23rd Apr 2008 at 10:22PM

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Camilla's Avatar Have lots of Nettles at the bottom of the garden near the wooded area, supposed to be good for Rhumatism apparantly.

xxx

Posted by: Camilla on 23rd Apr 2008 at 11:55PM

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